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Italiangreyhound Thu 02-Jul-15 19:43:19

Disneyland Paris - Primary thread

If a school or other group is taking secondary age children Year 7 to Disneyland Paris would you think allowing the children to round in groups of four without an adult was a good idea?

They would have a 'session' to prepare them and either the group or the individuals would have mobile phone.

I'm posting in secondary and primary because primary seems to get more 'traffic' but secondary is the actual age.

Italiangreyhound Thu 02-Jul-15 19:43:37

Thank you.

Theas18 Thu 02-Jul-15 19:47:32

If you are the it needs proper risk assessment.

If you are a parent I guess it depends on your child personally. Mine - fine. Other year 7s I have known maybe not.

TeenAndTween Thu 02-Jul-15 19:49:29

Yup, absolutely fine. No problems whatsoever.
DD1 went round Parc Asterix in y7, they had to be in groups of 3. They had to report back to the teachers (at a known spot) on a regular basis.
They had a similar arrangement at/around the Eiffel Tower. DD had to walk down the stairs from the second floor as she didn't leave enough time to queue for the lifts!

I've just done Paultons Park with y6. We had to be near them, but not stuck to them like we would with lower years. They would have been quite capable of being left for an hour or so, and they grow up a lot y6/y7.

Is this for your DD?

Italiangreyhound Thu 02-Jul-15 19:55:59

Theas thank you.

TeenAndTween yes sad

TeenAndTween Thu 02-Jul-15 20:11:47

Italian Is she there already or currently still y6, I can't remember?

My DD1 went to Paris y7, Belgium Battlefields y8, and Nice y10. The MFL department is extremely experienced in running trips, taking 90 y7s to Paris each year. They have strict codes of behaviour, and they know what y7s can or cannot handle. DD1 is sensible, but not good with problem solving and I've never felt the MFL department has put her in situations she's not ready for.

Unless this is the first y7 foreign trip they've run (unlikely), I suspect they know what they're doing.

Italiangreyhound Thu 02-Jul-15 21:01:55

Teen I'll pm you.

InexperiencedDisneyMum Thu 02-Jul-15 21:12:24

That's what is happening when my Dd goes. The teachers are staying in a certain location and pupils will know where they can find them.

Italiangreyhound Thu 02-Jul-15 21:18:00

Thanks InexperiencedDisneyMum is it a school trip. Are you happy it has been well planned?

InexperiencedDisneyMum Thu 02-Jul-15 22:04:53

Yes the school have done the trip for 15 years. It seems very well organised with regards to the itinerary.

PatriciaHolm Thu 02-Jul-15 22:22:29

This is exactly what one of the secondaries here does; trip at end of yr 7 to DLP, girls wander in small groups. Have done it for several years without issue.

That said they are not doing it next year, reasons unknown!

Italiangreyhound Fri 03-Jul-15 00:42:21

Thanks all.

Italiangreyhound Fri 03-Jul-15 01:52:50

She is Year 5 now.

TeenAndTween Fri 03-Jul-15 07:52:10

Italian All things being equal, the kids do mature quite a lot from end y5 to end y6, and then from end y6 to October y7. My eldest has just completed y11, and as I am involved with our primary I have seen the change in y6s over 5/6 years now.

As I said upfront, our current y6s have just been to Paulton's Park (local theme park incorporating Pepper Pig World). Although we didn't give them quite so much freedom, most of them would have been capable of going off for a couple of hours independently, just knowing where an adult was. Whereas my DD2's y5 class, only a few of them would be. And of course DLP is much bigger and busier.

And again there seems to be a miraculous maturing over the summer and into the first term of y7. With new responsibility of getting themselves to school, moving classrooms etc.

That said, if any child isn't ready for that lack of supervision the school/group should be willing to be flexible and subtly provide extra if required.

Italiangreyhound Fri 03-Jul-15 09:59:24

Thank you.

cariadlet Sat 04-Jul-15 11:32:49

DD is in Year 7 and had a day trip to Boulogne yesterday. They went to some big shopping mall and were allowed to go off on their own, but only if they were in groups of at least 4. This was so that if 1 child was ill then a 2nd child would stay with them and the 3rd and 4th would go together to find a teacher. Teacher would always be at exit - nobody could wander off outside, and teacher was easy to find.

Although Disney Land Paris is bigger, I would be more than happy for dd to go there with the school and to follow the same system. They really do get very independent when they go to secondary school.

Italiangreyhound Mon 06-Jul-15 17:25:13

Thanks cariadlet.

tobysmum77 Tue 07-Jul-15 07:16:43

I think absolutely fine, if secondary school children are taken to a theme park totally normal for them to do their own thing. DLP is particularly busy though and staff have varying levels of English, I suspect if it was my dd going I would be a bit pfb making sure she had her own mobile in case she got separated from the group somehow.

Italiangreyhound Wed 08-Jul-15 00:19:36

Yes, toby'smum own mobile essential.

balletgirlmum Wed 08-Jul-15 00:41:02

In year 7 gosh yes. I wouldn't expect year 7s to have to go round with a teacher.

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